UNVEILED! Dasuki, Diezani, Shema, Fayose Houses Top List of Seized Assets

Owners of the  mansions seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been unveiled. They are former governors, ex-ministers, top military officers and businessmen.

Leading the pack is a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has forfeited some prized assets. Lost to the Federal Government by the ex-Minister are a multi-storey building in Banana Island Foreshore Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos; a real estate comprising six flats in Ikoyi and an estate of 21 mixed housing in Yaba, Lagos.

Many properties allegedly linked with Diezani have also been placed under interim forfeiture by the anti-graft commission. Also, the EFCC has secured the final seizure of Flat 7B at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos where $43.45 million cash was recovered. The embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has two properties in Kaduna and Abuja temporarily forfeited to the government.

Also, a former Managing Director of PPMC, Haruna Momoh, who is overseas, loses two mansions in posh Maitama District to temporary forfeiture order.

Some ex-governors  and former ministers whose assets have been placed under interim forfeiture are Ibrahim Shema(20); Ayodele Fayose (three); Babangida Aliyu (two); Bello Mohammed (ex-PDP National chairman) – one;  Iyorchia Ayu (one); Isa Yuguda(one) and Abba Moro(one).

Others are ex-Managing Director of Platinum Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited Mr. Michael Osasogie Obasuyi, who bought 134 buses, 20 houses with N11.4billion slush cash.

The highlights of the forfeited assets were contained in a document, which our correspondent stumbled on.

According to the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, about 407 mansions were seized by the agency from 2015 to 2018.

He said: “Hundreds of properties such as filling stations, petroleum products, land, jewellery, automobiles, real estate, vessels, hospitals, company shares and heavy machinery and broadcast equipment, have been seized from corrupt elements between 2015 and 2018.

“From 2015 to 2018, 407 mansions were seized, 126 have been forfeited finally and 281 are under interim forfeiture.

“Nine filling stations were seized and placed under interim forfeiture. Lands seized sums up to 98, of which 56 are under interim forfeiture while 42 have been forfeited finally to the Federal Government.”

The document indicated that the EFCC is empowered by the law to place all suspicious assets under Interim Assets Forfeiture – in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004.

Section 28 of the EFCC Act reads: “Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.”

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part: “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do.

“Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”

On the forfeited assets, Magu said they had been handed over to the Federal Government for use by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He said: “The ones (the assets) that have been forfeited finally to the Federal Government were those allocated to federal agencies to save cost because these government agencies spend a lot of money to rent properties.

“We tried as much as possible to avoid recourse to the auctioning of these assets.  If you auction, you sell at peanuts. And the EFCC tried to distant itself from the auctioning of the forfeited properties. We have left the initiative of what to do with recovered assets to the Federal Government.

“As a matter of fact, I am not interested in any property. To me, to get the work done is the most important.”

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War In PDP, As Fayose, Secondus Clash Over Leadership Tussle

Emerging reports have  indicated that the immediate past Governor of Ekit State, Ayodele Fayose, and the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, may have begun a subtle political battle ahead of 2019 general election in the state. Our correspondent gathered that the leadership tussle that broke out between factions of the party in Ekiti State may be the cause of the rift between the duo.

While Fayose is currently engaged in a fierce political battle for the control of the PDP in Ekiti State, there are feelers that Secondus may have thrown his weight behind those who plotted the alleged removal of the former governor as the leader of the party in the Southwest state following the loss of the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the gubernatorial election held last July.

Party sources say the national leadership of the party’s decision to support those moving against Fayose is being rationalized as the provision of the PDP constitution which allegedly prescribed the most senior elective office holder in a state as the ‘leader’ of the party in any state. “This is where Secondus recognized Senator Biodun Olujimi as the leader of the party in Ekiti State,” a source explained.

But ex-Governor Fayose is unfazed by such explanation. According to sources close to him, he is highly disappointed and embarrassed by what he reportedly described as the betrayal of trust meted out to him by Secondus. “Oga will ordinarily go to sleep and not worry himself over the circus show being led by Senator Olujimi. But when signs that the plotters may have the support of some people at the top started emerging, he saw a need to dig deep.

“While it is still not confirmed where all these are coming from so soon after we left office, it is sad that the national chairman’s body language is encouraging the political rascality going on in Ekiti PDP today. Fayose is no push over in politics, especially in PDP where he has been governor twice. We will not allow anybody to dictate for us in Ekiti. The party members know their leader and they will not follow any regent,” our source, a close associate of Fayose’s said.

Prominent chieftains of Ekiti PDP had last Saturday appointed the Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, as the leader of the party in Ekiti State and the Southwest. The PDP stakeholders also passed a vote of no-confidence on the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee of the party in Ekiti, calling on Secondus to dissolve the executive and set up a caretaker committee to pilot the party’s affairs. They cited alleged financial recklessness as reason for their call for the disbandment of the State executive.

The party leaders took the decision to install Olujimi as leader since she is the most top-ranking elected official in the state and the Southwest. A resolution, signed and read by the Protem Secretary of the PDP Stakeholders and former Assembly member, Bunmi Olugbade, also overruled the SWC on the suspension of former State Secretary of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko , saying he remains a bonafide member of the party. The leaders also resolved to back the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in 2019.

Reacting, Senator Olujimi said ex-Governor Fayose was excluded from the meeting because he had just been released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial fraud. “We knew what he might have passed through by staying in detention and we know it might not be easy for him to attend this meeting, so there is no faction at all in our party. My being appointed the Leader does not mean there is crisis,” she said.

A party leader, Titi Oluwatuyi, while commending the national chairman of the PDP for ‘standing firm on the side of the truth’  claimed that Section 30 of the PDP’s constitution allowed leadership change in the PDP, saying the leadership change was in order. The PDP chieftain who leads a group, Integrity Women in Politics, said Secondus has restated his support for the adoption of Senator Olujimi as the party’s leader in the state.

She applauded those who spearheaded the announcement of the change in leadership of the party, saying it would “serve as a morale booster for women’s participation in politics.” Oluwatuyi also commended the former Governor Fayose for allegedly “respecting and standing by the decision of the stakeholders”, saying this was “party supremacy in action.” She contended that Senator Olujimi’s adoption was “in consonance with the party’s constitution and the rule of law” and that the action didn’t breach any law of the land.

“We commend former Governor Fayose for standing by the party’s decision and he did this because he realised that the decision was in line with the party’s guidelines and constitution contrary to some disgruntled and faceless elements who are bent on fanning the ember of discord within the party. We charge the new leader, Senator Olujimi to, as a matter of urgency constitute a reconciliation committee that will further foster unity among party members with a view to presenting a formidable party that can guarantee victory for us in 2019.”

The Nation gathered that the Olujimi camp may have sought the understanding of Secondus and other party leaders before embarking on the move to change the status quo in Ekiti PDP. Reliable sources claimed that the move was initiated by a coalition of some prominent Abuja based Ekiti politicians and many more home based politicians, especially members of the Ekiti House of Assembly.

“The event where Olujimi was announced as the replacement for Fayose as the party leader in Ekiti was the final outcome of series of meetings in Abuja and Ado-Ekiti. The decision was not just taken without consultations. That is why it has not been easy for Fayose to reverse the situation in spite of all the threats. Ekiti people and the leadership of the PDP in Abuja know the right thing to do in the current situation if the party is to survive this trying time,” a party official said.

Speaking on the development, another aide of the ex-Governor flayed the silence of the national leadership of the party on the matter, saying those accusing Secondus of having a hand in the unfolding drama may not be totally wrong after all. “Why should anyone keep quiet while something like this is going on? This is not in the interest of the PDP in Ekiti, or even in the entire Southwest. Secondus better be told,” he said.

While dissociating themselves from the Saturday meeting that installed Olujimi as state leader, PDP’s five House of Representatives members from Ekiti State expressed confidence in the leadership of the Oguntuase-led state leadership of the party. Representatives Kehinde Agboola (Ekiti North I), Thaddeus Aina (Ekiti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ekiti Central I), Segun Adekola (Ekiti South I) and Akin Awodumila (Ekiti South II), in a joint statement, reiterated their loyalty to Fayose.

“There is no leadership vacuum in the PDP in Ekiti State those desperate for political leadership should wait for their time. While we agree that individuals or groups have rights to hold meetings, we are miffed that Senator Olujimi was taking her selfish agenda of collapsing the party structures to the extreme. We were not consulted before the meeting was held and most of those who attended the meeting were those who worked against our party in the July 14 governorship election,” they said.

But a source at the national secretariat of the PDP told The Nation that it is wrong for anybody to read meaning to the silence of the national chairman. He explained that the matter came to the notice of the PDP leadership during the week and necessary steps are being taken to look into it. “We will not encourage discord anywhere. We will not support tyranny of any sort. We will always do what will promote the party, not an individual,” our source said.

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Governor Fayemi Revokes Allocation Of 800 Shops At Multi-billion Naira New Oja Oba Market, Orders Refund

About 800 shops allocated under the administration of ex-governor Ayodele Fayose have been revoked.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Thursday ordered the immediate cancellation of the allocation of over 800 shops at the multi-billion naira new Oja Oba Market in Ado Ekiti.
The cancellation of the shop allocations was conveyed via a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, which said that the action followed Fayemi’s inspection of the facilities of the market earlier in the week.
News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the market, which is adjacent to the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo, was reconstructed after the demolition of the old market which was razed by fire about three years ago.
However, construction works at the new market — the largest in the state – had reached about 80 per cent completion when the tenure of former Gov. Ayodele Fayose ended last month.
NAN also reports that the hurried allocation of the shops to subscribers by the Fayose-administration then generated some controversies, as some residents, including traditional chiefs, alleged bias in the manner in which the shops were allocated.
“It has been discovered that the market complex is not ready for use.
“A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction works are required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the buildings unsafe for use.
A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction works are required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the buildings unsafe for use.
“As this process would take some time, the governor has, therefore, directed that the process of allocation of
shops be stopped immediately.
“The governor also directed that all subscribers with proofs of payment for shops in the market should be
“The ministries of works and commerce have consequently been ordered to work out a seamless arrangement for the market’s completion and allocation,’’ the statement added.

2019 Loading!!! Just Like Fayose, Another Governor Spotted Eating At ‘Mama Put’ Joint (Photos)

A viral photo of Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello enjoying lunch at a mamaput joint in Minna has surface online.
The Governor, who has evidently subscribed to the stomach infrastructure campaign strategy of his party is seen enjoying the dividend of his program as he was spotted savouring a local meal in company of some of his aides.
Born into the family of Nigerian billionaire and former military Governor of old Kano state Col Sani Bello (RTD), Abubakar, is the current occupier of Government House, Minna, which boast of both local and continental chefs at his beck and call but hunger and cravings will make a man do anything.
On the fateful day, no one could convince Governor Sani otherwise, as he dumped homemade delicacies for  a mamaput joint with his well-tailored agbada. Accompanied by his aides, the businessman cum politician sat with average Nigerians to enjoy a simple meal of swallow and native soup.
It confirms the unbeatable reputation of mamaput joints in Nigeria. Home food is great and being served by some of the world’s greatest chef but none can match the skilled cooking of the local food seller, whose call to duty is driven by survival and maintained by passion.

‘Stop Lamenting,’ Fayose’s Aide Fires Shot At Fayemi

Lere Olayinka, a media Aide to Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, has advised the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to face governance and stop lamenting.

He said “Fayose has left office and the legacy projects done by his government can be seen by the people of Ekiti, he (Fayemi) should rather use the few months he will spend as governor to redeem his image as a prodigal governor, who used Ekiti heritage, including shares to obtain N5 billion loan from EcoBank illegally.”

Olayinka, who was reacting to Fayemi’s accusation of Fayose’s government of not properly handling the projects he left behind in 2014, said; “As a temporary governor, he (Fayemi) should know that he has a very limited time to spend and should devote his time and resources to things that the people of Ekiti can point to as his achievements after the mandate that was stolen for him might have been retrieved.”

The former governor’s spokesman said “Ikogosi Resort was never abandoned. Rather, what the Fayose government did was to first hand it over to a private company to manage and when the company left because it was unable to meet up with the expected revenue, the government put machineries in motion to seek private investors to take over the resort.

“As at the time we left government, no private investor had shown interest and rather than making noise, Fayemi should continue from where we stopped by intensifying efforts to seek investors to manage the Ikogosi Resort because there is nowhere in the world where government runs such business profitably.

“Most importantly, it is on record that Fayemi spent over N1.2 billion to renovate the Ikogosi Hotel in 2012, let him tell the public how much revenue his government realized from it before he left office.

“On the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado Ekiti, which was uncompleted when Fayemi commissioned in 2014, initially, we opted for Public Private Partnership (PPP), which did not materialize. Thereafter, through the government’s ‘Saving One Million Lives Project’, it was equipped with close to N15 million at first instance and Fayemi’s government should improve on that instead of lamenting.

“Finally, we wish to remind Fayemi to also endeavor to take pressmen to the site of the new governor’s office along NTA Road in Ado Ekiti on which he spent over N300 million, and the other invisible projects on which he spent the N25 billion bond he took during his first tenure.”

Buhari’s Government Exposed, As APC Plans To Increase Fuel Price In 2019

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Monday warned the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to “perish the idea of increasing the pump price of petrol from N145 per litre to N185 in March next year”.
Fayose described the purported plan as a way of taking back whatever that will be added to workers’ salary as minimum wage increment.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said, “Nigerians have suffered enough in the hands of the APC government and won’t accept any further upward review of petrol pump price.
“They are delaying the increment till March because of its effects on the February 2019 elections.”
Fayose said the NNPC presentation to the Senate last week that “N145 fuel pump price was unrealistic and that the pump price of petrol was supposed to be N185 per litre as against the official price of N145 per litre was a way to prepare the minds of Nigerians for the planned increment.”
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru had told Senate Ad-hoc Committee set up to investigate an allegation that the Corporation created a fund to finance fuel subsidy without appropriation by the National Assembly, that the NNPC set aside $1.05 billion to augment the differential between the landing cost of imported fuel and the pump price of N145 per litre.
He said the landing cost of petrol was N185 per litre, pointing out that the N40 gap was being filled with the $1.05 billion Support Fund.
But Fayose, in his reaction, said the Corporation must explain to Nigerians where it derived powers to “spend $1.05 billion, over N350 billion, from crude oil sales to subsidize petrol,” adding that it was inexplicable for any agency of the federal government to spend revenue belonging to the entire country without first remitting the fund into the federation account.
He said, “smuggling is an outdated excuse for increasing petrol pump price, it will no longer be accepted by Nigerians.
“Nigerians are suffering. Millions of jobs have been lost and even many of those still employed are not gainfully employed. The federal government must not add to the burden of the suffering masses by increasing the pump price of petrol as being planned.”

Will Fayose’s position in PDP split Ekiti chapter?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has been torn between loyalists of former governor, Ayodele Fayose, and senate minority leader, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi. Some leaders of the party, according to The Guardian checks, had met in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday and appointed Senator Olujimi (representing Ekiti South) to replace Fayose as the leader of the party in the state and south west geo-political zone.

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In the same vein, the stakeholders passed vote of no confidence on the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee (SWC) of the party in Ekiti, calling on the national chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, to dissolve the executive and set up a caretaker committee. Their reason, we gathered, was alleged financial recklessness of the SWC. In a communiqué signed at the end of the stakeholders’ meeting, the pro-Olujimi group said it took the decision to instal her as the leader because of her position as topmost elected official in the state and the zone.

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However, five House of Representatives members from the state, yesterday, dissociated themselves from Saturday’s meeting, while expressing confidence in the leadership of the Oguntuase-led SWC. The Reps namely Kehinde Agboola (Ekiti North I), Thaddeus Aina (Ekiti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ekiti Central I), Segun Adekola (Ekiti South I) and Akin Awodumila (Ekiti South II) reiterated their loyalty to Fayose. “There is no leadership vacuum in the PDP in Ekiti State. Those desperate for political leadership should wait for their time,” they said, urging the senate leadership to call Olujimi to order, to avoid crisis capable of affecting the party’s chances in the 2019 general elections.

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“While we agree that individuals or groups have rights to hold meetings, we are miffed that Senator Olujimi was taking her selfish agenda of collapsing the party structure to the extreme. “We were not consulted before the meeting was held and most of those who attended the meeting worked against our party in the July 14 governorship election. Some of them were even governorship candidates of other parties and, collectively, they could not get up to 1,000 votes in the election.

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“Also, leaders like Chief Bola Olu-Oju who attended the meeting innocently have started dissociating themselves from its outcome and, by (next) Saturday, a proper meeting of stakeholders will be held in the state. “Most importantly, is Senator Olujimi also claiming leadership of the PDP in the south west since she is the ranking elected official in Ekiti and the south west?

Shocker! PDP turns its back on Fayose replaces him with an Ekiti woman.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti Chapter has removed former Ekiti state governor Peter Ayodele Fayose has the political leader of the state and South West region replacing him with Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi who is the party’s highest-ranking political office holder in the southwest geo-political zone.

Image result for fayoseThey asked for the immediate dissolution of the present State Working Committee (SWC) led by the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, and demanded the constitution of a caretaker committee. These are part of the resolutions reached at Ekiti PDP Stakeholders Meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, and attended by serving and former political office holders.

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Party chieftains who attended the meeting included Olujimi, former Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Lawal; former Acting Governor, Mr. Olatunji Odeyemi; Ekiti Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr. Segun Adewumi; former state PDP Chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo; governorship aspirants, former National Assembly members, former State Assembly members, former local government chairmen and former party officers.

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Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Senator Olujimi explained that Fayose was excluded from the meeting owing to the fact that he had just been released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial fraud. “We knew what he might have passed through by staying in detention and we know it might not be easy for him to attend this meeting, so there is no faction at all in our party. My being appointed the Leader does not mean there is a crisis.

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“The very day he left office was the day he was summoned by EFCC and we knew the rigour he had passed through. We are going to work together, I mean with former Governor Fayose. What we are doing is that we don’t want to allow his exit from office to mean the end of PDP in Ekiti. So, let me assure our supporters that we are on the same page with former Governor Fayose and other stakeholders. We are not factionalised and we shall work hard and ensure we win in next year’s election,” she said.

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In the communiqué read by PDP Stakeholders Protem Secretary and former House of Assembly member, Chief Bunmi Olugbade, they overturned the suspension of former State Secretary, Dr. Temitope Aluko, affirming him as a “bona fide member of the party.” The leaders also resolved to throw their weight behind the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential poll and other Ekiti candidates in the general elections.

Fayose attacks Ekiti Chief Judge over latest cooments

Former Ekiti State Governor has hit out at Ekiti state Chief Judge Justice Ayodeji Daramola over his comments condemning the new state-of-the-art High Court complex constructed by the Fayose administration.

Image result for fayoseFayose, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the true test of maturity and decency is another Yoruba adage which says, “an elephant is too big an animal that someone, out of malice or hatred, would compare with a fly.”

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He continued: “Reproach and bad-belle apart, the High Court complex is world class. It is also the first of its kind since the creation of Ekiti State in 1996.” He described Daramola’s statement that the new High Court complex, built and commissioned five months ago, was hybrid of absurdity that could not be put to use, as an afterthought and an exercise in futility.

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“It is shameless pull-him-down syndrome at work. Daramola was there at the commissioning; he should have spoken there and then, or is he a coward? Speaking now is an act of cowardice and tantamounts to back-biting as well as back-stabbing.”

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“Daramola has never hidden his displeasure towards me, dating back many years. He had time and again allowed himself to become a willing tool in the hands of some politicians to be used against me. “The CJ was bitter and shed tears at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti, on October 16, 2014, the day I was sworn in for the second term because I triumphed over all their conspiracies.

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“Throughout the four years of my administration, Daramola never attended state functions personally, and on the day the foundation of the new High Court complex was laid, he openly expressed doubt of completing the project. “In this regard, what does any right-thinking person expect Daramola to say of one of my legacy projects?

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“When the project started, if truly he had noticed certain defects, why did he fail to point them out? Why did he have to wait till now? This, certainly, is not the act of a forward-looking person. It is, without doubt, an act of backwardness. “Had this project been executed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration whose interests Daramola leaves no one in doubt he represents, he would have commended it to high heavens.

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“Daramola will be well advised to insulate himself from politics and allow Ekiti judiciary remain the last hope of the common man,” Fayose said in the statement.

MURIC blasts EFCC over Fayose Actions

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC has hit out at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allowing former Ekiti Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose to feed his fellow detainees while he was in their custody.

Image result for fayoseDAILY POST reported on Tuesday that Fayose took his stomach infrastructure to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, office and fed detainees who in turn allegedly sang the national anthem after their stomachs had been filled. Fayose also allegedly secured lawyers for some of the detainees and promised to assist those who have challenges meeting their bail conditions.

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But MURIC has now frowned at the former Governor’s action in a press statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST on Thursday, by the director and founder of the Islamic group, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “It is a comedy of errors. A man accused of stealing money belonging to the people is allowed to rewind the famous Robin Hood tape under the watch of an anti-graft agency. This calls the seriousness of some EFCC operatives to question. How can they allow such a thing to happen? It is the shame of a nation. We are miffed.

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“EFCC and other security agencies have no business detaining people they cannot feed adequately. It is highly immoral to arrest and detain a man knowing fully well that you do not have the capacity to cater for his basic needs, namely, food, water, and shelter. Should detainees be responsible for feeding themselves? This is a national question that must be answered once and for all. Nigerians must know their rights.

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“Nay, Nigerians must know their oppressors. How can we allow the same kleptomaniacs who stole our common patrimony to come and feed us with their dirty blood money in times of distress? It is a mockery of the highest order and it robs us of our dignity if we welcome them with open arms. They have come to laugh at us for being foolish enough to think hard work, honesty, and patriotism alone can provide our needs. It is dehumanising. This cannot happen in saner climes. Are we serious as a people? We are nonplussed.

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“Human dignity is Allah-given according to Qur’an 17:70. It says, ‘We have granted dignity to the children of Adam…’. Why should EFCC rob Nigerian citizens of their Allah-given dignity by detaining them without adequate feeding thereby exposing them to political charlatans, ideological demagogues, and unrepentant con artists?

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“EFCC and the Nigerian security agencies need to take note of the provisions of Section 34 (i) (a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees the dignity of every Nigerian citizen. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 4, Clause 1 & 2 also lays emphasis on the inviolability of the dignity of the human person. It says, ‘Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person.’”

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“Starving detainees is the same as depriving them of their dignity. It dehumanizes them by turning them into beggars. It exposes them to weakness and endangers their health. The power to detain is not tantamount to the power to starve. No policeman under the sun has the right to detain and starve a suspect at the same time.

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“EFCC cannot fight corruption by promoting corruption. This is what will happen if it detains people it cannot feed. Not only that. EFCC will be encroaching on Allah-given fundamental human rights of citizens if people are detained without being fed. A moral burden hangs on the conscience of EFCC if this is what has been happening. We demand an explanation”. MURIC also descended heavily on the ex-governor, Ayodele Fayose, accusing him of exploiting the condition of detainees to score a cheap political point.

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“Fayose is a comedian. He is exploiting the poor condition of detainees just to score a cheap political point. He is seeking cheap popularity. He is also a fake Robin Hood. This was not the way Robin Hood shared his stolen money among the poor. Robin Hood gave out every kobo stolen by him. Fayose is accused of stealing billions but he is giving out pittance. He is playing on the gullibility of Nigerians.

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“How much does it cost to bail a detainee? How much does it cost to feed 150 people? He could not have spent up to N50,000. It is chicken feed compared to the humongous amount allegedly stolen by him. Fayose is like a man who stole elephants but he is deceiving the people by giving out ants. He is a pretender. We reject his Robin Hood mentality.

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“As we take a break, we charge EFCC and the security agencies to spare us the horror of hunger in the cells. Detainees must be adequately fed by those keeping them out of circulation. They should not be subjected to the dehumanizing spectacle of fake Robin Hoods. We implore the Police Service Commission to review conditions of detention in police cells as it affects the feeding of detainees.”